Thursday Jul 25, 2019. 10:00
Malik Jabir, a former technical director of Kano Pillars, has backed the Nigerian side to overcome Asante Kotoko when the teams meet in the CAF Champions League next month.
Pillars will host the Porcupine Warriors at the Sani Abacha Stadium on August 10, with the return leg set for Baba Yara Stadium on August 25.
The winner of the two-legged preliminary round tie will progress to the next phase to battle either Hafia FC of Guinea or Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel for a place in the group phase.
Former Kotoko player Jabir believes the Nigerians are better prepared: “Kano Pillars is a big team in the Kano State in Nigeria with very good and talented players,” he told Ashh FM.
“Kano Pillars is being managed by their governor and every dealings within the team is done by him and not individuals as it is being done here in Ghana.
“They have a lot of advantages ahead of Kotoko because they have good training facilities for their players.
“Kano Pillars have a large fan base and their stadium is always filled to its capacity whenever they are playing games; so Kotoko should be ready for their supporters.
“The only disadvantage Kotoko will face is that they have new technical handlers and the team will not have much time to prepare for their first game.”